Roy denies coaching rumours
Reports say Hall of Famer is set to manage Canadiens
|Hall of Famer and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, Patrick Roy. (QMI Agency)
Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy denied reports that he has already agreed to coach the Montreal Canadiens next season.
Roy, a former Canadiens great who is the co-owner, general manager and coach of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, says the report by Radio-Canada.ca that he will replace Randy Cunneyworth next season is "ridiculous." The report, using unnamed sources, says Canadiens owner Geoff Molson has contacted Roy and a deal in principle is done.
"It makes me laugh and I'm flattered that my name is circulating, but at the end of the day, it's Mr. Molson, who will make decisions about who is going to be his coach and general manager," Roy told the Journal de Quebec.
Roy fits the bill for what Habs fans want to see in a coach -- he's a bilingual Francophone, his exploits with the team are legendary and he's been successful as a coach, albeit in the junior ranks.
Cunneyworth's interim hiring midway through this season after the firing of bilingual Jacques Martin was controversial from the outset. In addition, the Habs haven't improved with him running the bench and will miss the playoffs, leading to speculation that Cunneyworth, and possiblly general manager Pierre Gauthier, will be axed at the end of the season.